Take That jukebox musical 'The Band' is heading for the big screen

Tom Beasley
Contributor
Mark Owen, Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald of Take That attending 'The Band', in association with the Elton John AIDs Foundation. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

The music of Take That is heading to the big screen with a movie adaptation of jukebox musical The Band.

Entitled Greatest Days, the film will feature many of Take That’s classic hits, with talks underway about the possibility of some original songs.

The Band premiered in 2017, with writer Tim Firth crafting a story about a group of teenage girls who bond over their love of the central band and reunite 25 years later to mend their friendship and attend one more gig together.

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Danny Perkins, chief executive of the Elysian Film Group, revealed to the Daily Mail that “high calibre names” have been approached to play the lead roles.

Acclaimed TV director Coky Giedroyc — who also helmed this year’s How to Build a Girl with Beanie Feldstein — has signed on to direct the movie.

Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Gary Barlow of Take That pose on the roof of The Theatre Royal Haymarket on March 19, 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Band)

Perkins said Greatest Days is being made a priority and, depending on the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, will move into production later this year.

He added: “We’re putting it together, and once all the serious things settle down, we can get on with making it.”

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The casting of the boy band in the original production of the stage show was carried out via the BBC reality talent show Let It Shine, which was won by Five To Five.

Reportedly, the original stage show cast members are not in the frame for the movie adaptation.

Take That perform on stage at the FlyDSA Arena on April 12, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for Take That)

The Band is the latest in a series of British musicals to be tapped for a big screen adaptation.

A movie version of teenage drag queen tale Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is on the way later this year, with Richard E. Grant portraying a seasoned queen who plays mentor to the title character.

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Meanwhile, the stage version of Matilda is also on the way to the cinema, with Ralph Fiennes reportedly in talks to play Miss Trunchbull.

Matilda the Musical will come to multiplexes in the UK, but will be released directly to Netflix elsewhere in the world.